7 May 2017

'We're In Talks': Klopp confirms Liverpool are very close to signing 'brilliant' €38m powerhouse on a new deal

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is increasingly convinced that Emre Can will sign a new contract in the coming weeks.

At the end of March, Klopp confirmed that Liverpool are 'in talks' with Can, and when asked on Friday about ongoing discussions, he told reporters:

“It's no secret how much I like Emre. We're in talks. There is no pressure. All is good. I am quite positive. Keeping good players makes sense and Emre is a good player."

Yes, Can is a 'good' player, but he's not a great player, nor will he (IMO) develop into a player worth £100k-a-week, which according to The Guardian, is what he's demanding to stay at Anfield.

Can is one of clearly one Klopp's favourites, and that means he'll be a mainstay in the team for as long as the German is in charge, which is a galling prospect.

I've said it once (well, a hundred times, actually), but I'll keep arguing the same point: any team with genuine ambitions of winning major trophies will not prevail with second-tier players like Can, Lallana, Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren etc regularly in the starting lineup.

These guys should be squad players, not automatic starters, but based on Klopp's ceaseless praise for Can, and Lallana, it's clear they'll be a regular part of Liverpool's spine next season. It seriously pains me to see players like this as lynchpins of a Liverpool team, fans who expect the Reds to push on next season are in for a rude awakening.

In my view, 3rd/4th place is as good as it's ever going to get under Klopp. This season, for example, despite having no European football, and being dumped out of both domestic competitions early, Liverpool collapsed as soon as the fixture list got slightly congested; how is the team going to handle it next season when regularly playing 2 games a week?

^ Can: Hailed by James Milner as 'brilliant'. €38m-rated (CIES)


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